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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Lucy Luccisano

Associate Professor & Chair of Sociology

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.2866
Fax: 519.883.0969
Office Location: DAWB 5-135A
Office Hours: By appointment
Academic Background
BA (University of Toronto); MA (York University); PhD (York University) 
Academic Interests: 
International Political Economy, Social Policy Specializing in Mexico, Gender and Development and Inequality. 


I joined the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2002. I teach Introduction to Sociology, Gender and Development, Poverty and Social Inequality. My research has focused on Mexican social policies, conditional cash transfers, gender, clientelism and citizenship. My current work examines urban social policies and security.

Selected Publications:

Papers in Refereed Journals:

  • Luccisano, L. & L. Macdonald, “Mexico and Social Protection by the Federal Government and the Federal District: Obstacles and Openings to a Social Protection Floor” Global Social Policy 2014, (3)
  • Luccisano, L. & G. Wall. “La configuracion de la maternidad a traves de la inversion social en los ninos. Ejemplos de Canada y Mexico”, Revista de El Colegio de San Luis. Nueva epoca, ano IV, numero 7, enero a junio: 180-202, 2014
  • L. Luccisano & L. Macdonald, “Neo-liberalism, Semi-clientelism and the Politics of Scale in Mexican Anti-poverty Policies,” World Political Science Review. 8(1): 1-27, 2012
  • L. Luccisano & L. Macdonald, “Le néolibéralisme, le semi-clientélisme et la théorie politique de l’échelle dans les mesures anti-pauvreté mexicaines," Politique et Sociétés. 30(2): 173-201, 2011
  • L. Luccisano & A. Romagnoli, "Comparing Public Social Provision and Citizenship in the United States, Canada and Mexico: Are there Implications for a North American Space?" Politics and Policy. 35(4):716-752, 2007
  • L. Luccisano, “The Mexican Oportunidades Program: Questioning the Linking of Security to Conditional Social Investments for Mothers and Children,” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 31(62):53-85, 2006
  • L. Luccisano, “Mexico’s Progresa Program (1997-2000): An Example of Neo-Liberal Poverty Alleviation Programs Concerned with Gender, Human Capital Development, Responsibility, and Choice,” Journal of Poverty. Special Issue 8(4):31-57, 2004

Chapters in Referred Books:

  • Luccisano, L. & L. Macdonald, “The impact of the global financial crisis on Mexican social policy”, in The Global Crisis and Social Policy, UBC Press, Forthcoming
  • Luccisano, L. & L. Macdonald, "The Limits of Anti-Poverty Policy: Citizenship, Accountability and Semi-clientelism in Mexico’s Oportunidades Program, " in Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet (eds), Comparative Public Policy in Latin America (University of Toronto Press, 2012) pp 205-227
  • Luccisano, L. & G. Wall, “The Shaping of Motherhood through Social Investment in Children: Examples from Canada and Mexico,” in Laura Macdonald and Arne Ruckert (eds), Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2009) pp 199-214
  • “Mexico’s Progresa Program (1997-2000): An Example of Neo-Liberal Poverty Alleviation Programs Concerned with Gender, Human Capital Development, Responsibility, and Choice” in K. Kilty and E. Segal (eds), Poverty in Latin-American-U.S. Borderlands (The Haworth Press Inc., 2004) pp 31-57
  • “Communal Kitchens in Peru and Mexico” in K. Hunt & C. Saulnier (ed), Feminism(s) on the Edge of the Millennium (lnanna Publications and Education, 2001) pp 39-54)
Additional Information
Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish, Italian, and knowledge of French